verb (used with object), mag·icked, mag·ick·ing.
Origin of magic
Synonyms for magic
Related Words for magicfascination, illusion, wizardry, necromancy, foreboding, augury, prediction, incantation, divination, astrology, trickery, thaumaturgy, witchcraft, alchemy, allurement, presage, soothsaying, power, enchantment, spell
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Contemporary Examples of magic
The future Mr. Vergara—and star of ‘True Blood’ and ‘Magic Mike’ shares some life advice in an exclusive video.Who Is Joe Manganiello? Sofia Vergara’s Fiancé on the Value of Hard Work
The Daily Beast Video
December 29, 2014
Despite all the gun talk in “Hot N—,” everyone wanted a piece of him and his magic.Bobby Shmurda and Rap’s Ultimate Hoop Dream
December 23, 2014
Shortly thereafter, T.I. lent his first post-incarceration verse to a remix of “Magic.”Future Makes Us Rethink Everything We Thought We Knew About Rap Artists
December 15, 2014
Captivated by the performers and the magic, she has been shooting behind the scenes ever since.A Backstage Love Affair With Cirque du Soleil
December 1, 2014
In one study, children saw a magic trick where objects placed into one box were duplicated in another.Why Are Millennials Unfriending Organized Religion?
November 9, 2014
Historical Examples of magic
I have existed in a magic Bohemia, largely of my own making.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
She has the fascination of great pride and the magic of manners.
What magic in the utterance, what a revelation of Cleopatra's character and of Shakespeare's!
They had not seen the snake at all, but a stick that came back to the thrower's hand was magic.
The truth was that it was only by trusting to the magic of the white men that Patofa could get to us.
adjective Also: magical
verb -ics, -icking or -icked (tr)
Word Origin for magic
late 14c., "art of influencing events and producing marvels using hidden natural forces," from Old French magique "magic, magical," from Late Latin magice "sorcery, magic," from Greek magike (presumably with tekhne "art"), fem. of magikos "magical," from magos "one of the members of the learned and priestly class," from Old Persian magush, possibly from PIE *magh- (1) "to be able, to have power" (see machine). Transferred sense of "legerdemain, optical illusion, etc." is from 1811. Displaced Old English wiccecræft (see witch); also drycræft, from dry "magician," from Irish drui "priest, magician" (see druid).
late 14c., from Old French magique, from Latin magicus "magic, magical," from Greek magikos, from magike (see magic (n.)). Magic carpet first attested 1816. Magic Marker (1951) is a registered trademark (U.S.) by Speedry Products, Inc., Richmond Hill, N.Y. Magic lantern "optical instrument whereby a magnified image is thrown upon a wall or screen" is 1690s, from Modern Latin laterna magica.
1906, from magic (n.).